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Fast-Mutating DNA Sequences Guided Evolution of Uniquely Human Traits

What does it mean to be human? According to scientists the key lies, ultimately, in the billions of lines of genetic code that comprise...

New Stem Cells Go Back Further

One of the obstacles to employing human embryonic stem cells for medical use lies in their very promise: They are born to rapidly differentiate...

Animal personalities are more like humans than first thought

A Deakin University study has found for the first time that, just like humans, un-predictability is also a consistent behavioural trait in the animal...

The hitchhiker antigen: Cause for concern?

Since antibodies first attained prominence as research reagents in modern biological science labs, researchers have been perplexed as to why one production lot can...

Ancient bacteria go under the lens

Every fourth breath you take comes from cyanobac­teria, which pop­u­late the planet’s waters. Prog­en­i­tors of these micro­scopic, pho­to­syn­thetic organ­isms are believed to have been...

Targeting cancer’s sweet tooth

Ludwig researchers have elucidated a key mechanism by which cancer cells change how they metabolize glucose to generate the energy and raw materials required...

Ants more closely related to bees than to most wasps

Ants and bees are surprisingly more genetically related to each other than they are to social wasps such as yellow jackets and paper wasps,...

Watching tumors burst through a blood vessel

Cancer cells metastasize in several stages — first by invading surrounding tissue, then by infiltrating and spreading via the circulatory system. Some circulating cells...

Biologists Discover Revolutionary Method for Discovering Antibiotics

Biologists at the University of California, San Diego have developed a revolutionary new method for identifying and characterizing antibiotics, an advance that could lead...

Altruism or manipulated helping? Altruism may have origins in manipulation

Manipulation is often thought of as morally repugnant, but it might be responsible for the evolutionary origins of some helpful or altruistic behavior, according...

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